This is another one-shot story, which is a nice change of pace and a dying art in modern comics. This one has Khonshu, Spector’s patron/deity, repaying a favor to another god. For such a divine case, the beginnings are mundane enough. Detective Flint, one of Moon Knight’s few allies in the police force, secretly asks for his help with a very strange case. Rich people are being mauled to death by packs of dogs. That’s strange enough in the modern world, but even weirder in New York City.
Moon Knight goes to work, piecing things together. It’s a good mix of mysticism and normality, the kind of thing that’s just perfect for Moon Knight. He eventually finds out what’s behind the attacks, and deals a sort of justice that Captain America wouldn’t approve of, but seems fitting enough to me.
Plot: The plot was a good one. It was simple enough to look at one way, but with some interesting undertones if you look from an angle. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read from Bunn, and he does a great job here. 4 out of 5 for plot.
Art: The art is great. The dogs are drawn well, Moon Knight looks great, and there are some very important things going on in the background if you look at the shadows. I’ll go 4 out of 5.
Positives: I love it when a writer manages to tailor a story so it perfectly fits the main character. This story wouldn’t have worked for many of the heroes out there, but was just perfect for Moon Knight. The gods owing each other favors, and how it was conveyed here, was very well executed. The bad guy had a motivation that was petty, but made a kind of sense. Moon Knight makes a comment about being a priest to his god, and that’s an interesting way to think of him.
Negatives: I have one minor problem with the series as a whole, and it comes up again here. Moon Knight switches back and forth between his traditional costume, and a business suit with a mask. The costume has some practical elements to it, and is a good choice for combat. Why wear a business suit to a fight? I really don’t get that.
I’ve always been a big Moon Knight fan, and I love this series. I’m glad they give him a few one shot stories along the way, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next month.
Moon Knight #14
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Ron Ackins and Tom Palmer
Colorist: Dan Brown
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Cover: Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire